Parents heaved a sigh of relief in Bhopal as school bus drivers returned to work on the third day of the nationwide transporters strike on Saturday.
However, the trucker drivers continued to remain off roads in support of the strike called by All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) to oppose the toll tax system and press for relaxation in TDS deduction.
The strike had led to much confusion and chaos on school campuses on Thursday when several private school bus drivers went on strike suddenly.
Students were seen making frantic calls to their parents as the school buses did not turn up to pick them from school. Parents too were hassled as they had to dash to the schools to pick up their wards.
Meanwhile, talking to HT, secretary of state transports welfare association of Madhya Pradesh, Kamal Panjwani, said people would start feeling the pinch of the national-wide truckers strike from next week if the impasse over their demands remained unresolved.
“We knew initially the impact of strike would not be felt much, but after four to five days, common people will start feeling the pinch, besides the huge losses that the state government is bearing on account of this strike. We have been reasonable enough not be disrupt supply of essential goods including fruits, vegetable, medicine and milk, but we too have limits to our patience,” he said.
Truckers and transports on Saturday also staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi under the banner of AIMTC.
A delegation of truckers and transporters of Madhya Pradesh have also joined the agitators in the national capital. Panjwani said they would also seek support of the traders from MP.